I apologize if this has already been posted but I do not see anything. Cam talked the NFL Radio today to try and repair any damage from his Marty Hurney interview. The big news was that he didn't want to learn so many plays coming out of Auburn and Chud overwhelmed him. There has been many spins put on it, some of them pretty scathing at the national level.
Here is his response.
“Everyone knows (when I) was coming from Auburn, it was a one hand signal (offense), and I was gone. When I came here it was a culture shock"
“There were things that were thrown at me that I never would have even imagined. The whole college system was somewhat training wheels and whatnot and without the appreciation for me with having coach Chud around, I would not have had the season that I did have.
“I’m very appreciative of that man – him as well as coach (Mike) Shula – believing in me from day one. The way I read the article; it was not portrayed that way. I just wanted to say that if it wasn’t for coach Chud believing in me, first off I wouldn’t have believed in myself.”
Bill Voth's words.
Wednesday night, during an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio Newton clarified his comments, saying they “came off wrong.”
It’s unclear if Newton was referring to our post when he referenced “the article,” but we believe we portrayed his comments on Chudzinski and his first two seasons fairly.
In the interview Cam talks about sometimes when he reads the way his words are portrayed he feels "cheated" some will run with that too I'm sure. This is like Peter King all over again for him.
I have a few problems with this. It starts with the way the media is conducted. Now that everyone has instant access to these interviews, anyone can put a spin on it. This means the person who conducted the interview, the person who looked Cam in the eyes and asked the questions, has no control over the narrative. Dozens or even hundreds of people in the media can now take those quotes and compete with each other for web site hits. I don't need to tell you what kind of headlines generate the most "buzz".
The second problem is Cam himself. Cam does not always spell it out. He says things and expects people to be on the same page as him so he doesn't complete the thought. Here is an example.
Cam's quote: "it was kind of force-feeding a kid with carrots."
What Cam did is make an analogy how a person in a position of authority will force a child to eat carrots. Kids do not enjoy carrots but they are good for children because they are healthy.
But Cam didn't explain his analogy and left it open to interpretation. This is not Cam's first analogy. He's called himself a lion on a safari. He compared his rookie season to collard greens rather than instant grits.
So occasionally Cam says things that can be quoted without context and turn into a story to fill the news cycle. Peter King summed it up pretty well:
And I figured I wouldn’t be the only one he said that line to. I just figured if I didn’t use it, and fast, one of the next three interviewers would hear it and use it, somewhere. And so I threw it on Twitter,
I hate this for Cam because he gets ripped for not spending time with local media. He's rarely comes on WFNZ over the years. But he gets in a situation where maybe he feels safe talking to a former co worker on a local station but the quotes go national in minutes and now he has to clean up a mess rather than rest and study for his next practice.
And to be fair to ESPN 730 they tried to give him a chance to clarify his comments but Cam didn't really take it because in the moment he felt his comments were clear.
Edited by KendrickPanther, 07 August 2014 - 01:10 AM.